[Talk-GB] Adding a further 250,000 UK roads quickly using a Bot?

Peter Miller peter.miller at itoworld.com
Wed Feb 2 21:10:47 GMT 2011

ITO have been offering a service to compare osm road names with os locator
road names for a while now[1]  which has encouraged a lot of activity - and
has even led to Andy to obsession.[2] I have also suffered from a bout of
urgent mapping myself while completing all of Suffolk to 95% in the past few
weeks! Can I suggest that for our sanity we should consider developing a bot
to do some of this work for us? This would also allow us to get the rest of
the 250,000 remaining roads in place in less than the 13 months Andy
estimates will be required?

This bot would do a number of repetitive tasks for us within the bounding
box in which it was authorised to operate by a contributor.

It could do the following:

1) Add names to existing roads in osm where there is a single un-named ways
in osm with a bounding box which matches that of a single entry in os

2) In addition...  it might be able to also add roads to osm from os vector
district, snapping them into existing roads as required where the existing
roads align neatly with os streetview. It would only do this if there were
no ways close by on either side.

Complex situations will be left to humans. Humans could also sometimes
prepare an area for analysis by the bot, splitting ways as appropriate,
adjusting alignment of existing roads and dealing in advance with situations
we know the bot will have difficulties with.

Edits would be made as individual changesets, referenced to the mapper
operating of the bot. Each edit would be 'signed off' by the mapper who
would be able to see the proposed changes visual prior to accepting them.

Any thoughts?


[1] http://www.itoworld.com/product/data/osm_analysis/summary
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